I really enjoyed this one with its science fiction flair and a main character who is adorable. I'm anxious for the next book to come out in the U.S.
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I'd just killed a man - my fingers flexed on the hilt of the blade - with a goddamn miniature sword.The good: New Orleans, baby! It was fun reading a book and knowing all the places the author was describing. From Covington and Mandeville (where my in-laws live) to the drive across the Causeway to the Garden District and the French Quarter, I know it all and I love it in a book. Especially a book about New Orleans basically existing outside of the United States and being truly its own place. The atmosphere was just right for a book about paranormal creatures because what better place than New Orleans. Ari is a pretty kickass character though she jumps to conclusions too quickly and is always ready to just leave when she doesn't like how things are going. Sebastian too is pretty awesome and definitely a worthy boy for Ari. I think Violet, a mysterious little girl, might be my favorite character. Something about her intrigues me.
Family time with the Sandersons never covered this. p.22
I hated myself for admiring how cool she was right now. To me, the idea of suddenly landing in the past was totally terrifying. p.19I love time travel and so this book was right up my alley. The idea of a person being able to time travel on their own is pretty awesome. Gwyneth is not expected to be the time travel in the family because of a deception on her mother's part so she is unprepared when it happens to her. I think her reactions are pretty spot-on for having no idea what to do when she lands in a different time period. Gwen is a pretty cool girl and I was cheering for her from the beginning. I didn't like how most of the adults and her cousin treated her and, even though Gideon is the love interest, he rubbed me wrong at first too. But Gwen actually has some backbone and does her best in every situation. I was really hoping that the other two books had been translated from German into English already but the next book, Sapphire Blue, doesn't come out till the spring of next year. Sadness. I can't wait to read more about Gwen and Gideon and their mission and see if Gwen will finally tell everyone how she can see ghosts. Love this book doubly since it reminded me (for some reason) of Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog, one of my favorite time travel books.
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere—spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night—and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city. And what Lucy can't see is the one thing that's right before her eyes.
And true, their relationship had gone from amazing to unmitigated disaster in record time because he'd kept biting her. And then the members of his family kept trying to do the same. And now vampires all over the world seemed to think of Meena's blood as a refreshing pick-me-up, like Dr. Pepper. p.30Another fun book from Meg Cabot and I'm guessing the last book in this series which is fine. Meena is not very good at keeping in control of her life and she seems to attract the Alpha Male types, like Lucien and Alaric, neither of whom I liked very much. Both of them rankled my nerves and I have a hard time believing someone as generous and kind as Meena would ever really love either of them. But I am obviously wrong and, also, not the writer of these characters, because for some reason she does love them both. So there is the kinda sorta love triangle, only not really because Lucien is a giant ass through the whole book and even Meena had to recognize this at some point.
On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don't always go as planned.
Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now
Meena Harper has a special gift, but it's only now that anyone's ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard — a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican — has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena's ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead.Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Sure, her ex-boyfriend was Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula, the prince of darkness. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames. Now Meena's sworn off vampires for good ... at least until she can prove her theory that just because they've lost their souls doesn't mean demons have lost the ability to love.
Meena knows convincing her co-workers — including her partner, über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf — that vampires can be redeemed won't be easy ... especially when a deadly new threat seems to be endangering not just lives of the Palatine, but Meena's friends and family as well.
But Meena isn't the Palatine's only hope. Father Henrique — aka Padre Caliente — New York City's youngest, most charming priest, has also been assigned to the case.
So why doesn't Meena — or Alaric — trust him?
As she begins unraveling the truth, Meena finds her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare ... and temptations she never even imagined existed, but finds impossible to resist.
This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew
Only his father knew that Rigg possessed the power to see deep down the paths of people's pasts. But it was only after his father died that Rigg discovers that he has another special gift: the power to change the past. Unfortunately, with that knowledge, all certainty and safety began to melt away. Thinking of it as a coming-of-age novel at triple speed.